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Just Cause (Snap Case)

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Just Cause is a film that relies on phony plot twists and steals openly from any other thriller that it can remember. If there was a drinking game requiring players to drink during every cinematic "homage," you'd be tanked after Just Cause's first 45 minutes. Take one case of racial injustice, place it in an exotic, exquisitely photographed location (the Florida Everglades), and bring in an outsider, played by a bankable star, to save the day. Make sure nothing appears as it seems. Add a couple of plot twists, some over-the-top character actors (Ed Harris, shamelessly riffing on Hannibal Lecter), stir, and serve. The big name in this case is Sean Connery, who plays a Harvard law professor summoned to the swamps by an apparently innocent death row inmate (Blair Underwood), who swears he didn't rape and kill that 11-year-old girl. He says he confessed because maverick psycho-cop Tanny Brown (Laurence Fishburne) made him play a solo game of Russian roulette. He says his Serial-killer neighbor on death row (Harris) committed the crime. Connery buys it, the audience buys it, and how could they not? Director Arne Glimcher (who made the lackluster Mambo Kings) coerces everyone with simplistic plot manipulations. Characters are given no depth, and the actors are pawns moved about like pieces on a Clue gameboard. --Dave McCoy

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Capshaw, Blair Underwood
  • Directors: Arne Glimcher
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790740796
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,210 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Just Cause (Snap Case)" on IMDb

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I remember the night I first watched this movie. I rented it at the Video Shop, without much enthusiasm & at the insistence of my roommate. Well, let me tell you, this Thriller is exactly that..THRILLING!! Every turn and twist imaginable is in this movie. Did he or didn't he kill that little girl? I was on the edge of my seat for most of the movie. Ed Harris is terrific as well as Sean Connery, who just keeps getting better with age. I recommend BUYING this movie. I have watched it about 4 or 5 times now and my heart races each and every time. [....]
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A bravo performance by the great Sean Connery, plus a fairly imaginative storyline, saves this one from mediocrity. The supporting cast is not bad, although you really never get to know them much. You may think that you see where this one is going, but there are surprises.

A young black man is on death row for a murder that he maintains he did not commit. Connery plays a liberal, anti-death penalty law professor who gets talked into trying for a new appeal in the case. Turns out that the convict was indeed beaten and coerced into making his confession in what was otherwise a fairly thin case against him. But all is not what it seems, and more would be telling. This one held my interest throughout. It has a somewhat strange moral message if you want to call it that.

One of the better suspense/murder films out there. This one is worth a try, especially for Sean Connery fans.
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Hi..
I don't get why so many people didn't like this movie, and why is there all those negative reviews about the film ?
This film is just great, it has an interesting plot, great acting by all the stars and a good ending.
So don't you guys pay any attention to those negative reviews, this movie has it all.

I personally think that this is one of connery's best movies with an amazing performance by all especially connery !
And the scene where connery's character interviews Harris's character is one of my favourite scenes, quit memorable and thrilling !

This is a must BUY movie and is highly recommended !
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In 1986, in Ochopee, Florida, 11-year-old Joanie Shriver is kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Bobby Earl Ferguson is arrested by officers Tanny Brown and J. T. Wilcox, who proceed to beat Bobby into confessing to the murder. Bobby is placed on trial, where Bobby's defense attorney McNair puts up a lousy defense for Bobby, and Bobby is sentenced to be executed. Now, eight years later, Bobby hands a letter to his grandmother Evangeline and asks Evangeline to go to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to hire Harvard law professor Paul Armstrong to clear Bobby's name. At Harvard, Paul is attacking capital punishment in a campus debate, when Evangeline arrives and hands the letter to Paul. Paul goes home, where his wife Laurie is throwing a birthday party for their young daughter Katey. Laurie reads the letter and she encourages Paul to take the case, even though he hasn't practiced law in 25 years. Paul, Laurie, and Katey head to Florida, where Paul meets Bobby in the prison. Bobby tells Paul his side of the story and what Tanny and Wilcox did. Paul begins to believe that Bobby was railroaded. Bobby tells Paul to speak to Blair Sullivan, a man who is also on death row. Blair gives Paul some clues that could prove Bobby's innocence, and Blair's own guilt. But in the process of trying to clear Bobby, Paul learns some disturbing truths about Bobby, putting Paul and his family in a fight for their lives. "Just Cause" is a psychological thriller about the American justice system in general, and capital punishment in particular. There are several plot twists which will surprise you, and towards the end of the movie, the action really starts to set in. Sean Connery is reliable as the stout, solid professor Armstrong, and as the centerpiece of the movie, he is totally convincing. But as the dubious police officer Tanny Brown, it is Laurence Fishburne who truly excels. A solid thriller that delivers the goods.
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Sean Connery is a law professor who's anti-death penalty. Blair Underwood, on death row for rape and murder picks Connery to launch as last-minute appeal, primarily based on his coerced confession by a fellow African-American tough-guy sheriff. Connery succeeds with some good detective work, and then suddenly his world is turned inside out as his wife and daughter are kidnapped and marked for death.

My only reservation - no closed captioning, and sometimes difficult to understand.
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I'll readily admit that I popped this film into my DVD player because of it's subject matter. But ultimately, like the book it's based off of, I really can't say I outright enjoyed it. Oh sure, there are moments worth watching, but there are just too many things that diminish the enjoyment. For example, from his first line in, Sean Connery comes off as a brilliant lawyer and professor but I found his stance on capital punishment off-putting. I am also against the death penalty but I don't think I could readily answer the question of how I'd feel about the matter if it'd been my own wife as Mr. Connery did in a debate right at the beginning. He automatically stated he'd still be against the punishment without any real emotion behind his answer, which, given the context of the question, made it off-putting...note that this same question and answer played a major role in sinking Governor Dukakis's 1988 Presidential campaign. Anyway, after that initial poor introduction, Mr. Connery's character was never able to gain any real form of support from me. On the upside, Ed Harris made for an enjoyable villain...sort of a redneck, Bible-quoting Hannibal Lector type. Had they tweaked that character a little bit, Mr. Harris might have truely been able to give a performance comparible to Sir Anthony Hopkins. Nevertheless, he was the highlight of the film. Blair Underwood's character, the "innocent" death row inmate, may have looked interesting on paper (ivy league schooling, etc.) but the performance added nothing special to this man, making it difficult to root for him. Laurence Fishburne was enjoyable as the conflicted sheriff who believes and knows so many different things. His performance truely felt genuine, especially when he explained his personal connection to the young victim. Overall, this film is one where you can come for the subject matter, but you won't get much more. I will say it wrapped up many plot points much better than the book of the same name. Enjoy.
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